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An £800K scheme to improve a major junction in Kearsley will start on Monday, April 4.

Bolton Council will be making significant changes to the key town centre junction of Higher Market Street, Longcauseway, Bolton Road and Old Hall Street. The aim of the scheme is to provide increased capacity at the junction, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

The work will be funded by Transport for Greater Manchester as part of their Salford Bolton Network Improvement Programme.

 As part of this scheme, the traffic signals will be upgraded, a dedicated left turn lane into Old Hall Street will be introduced, and the junction will be resurfaced. In addition to the major junction improvement work, Longcauseway will be resurfaced up to its junction with Moorfield Chase.

 The whole scheme is expected to take three months to complete subject to weather conditions. Temporary traffic signals will be in operation while work is underway, for the safety of motorists and workers on site.

 The main junction will remain open to traffic at all times but Old Hall Street will be closed when resurfacing is taking place. Diversions will be signposted. In an effort to minimise disruption and to keep traffic moving, the resurfacing work will only take place on Sundays throughout June.

 Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Councillor David Chadwick, said: “This is a major piece of work and it is essential that we do it. Once this work is carried out, it should relieve some pressure from the Kearsley roundabout junction. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused to residents and road users. It is inevitable that there will be some disruption but we are making every effort to minimise this.”

Residents and businesses will be able to access their properties during the work and are being informed of the plans.

 Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “When the works are complete drivers, bus passengers and cyclists will benefit from a more efficient road junction and a much improved road surface. This will contribute to making travelling around Kearsley and Farnworth easier which, in turn, helps to attract more people to visit shops and other facilities in the town.”

 For further information about the scheme, contact the council’s customer helpline on 01204 336677 or by e-mail at

 Transport for Greater Manchester’s Salford Bolton Network Improvement Programme is a series of highway improvements at specific areas within Bolton and Salford to make the transport network more efficient and reduce delays.

 The improvements will support the economic vitality of these areas and improve pedestrian safety and access to employment opportunities, health, education and leisure facilities.

 Funding for the programme is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme.

Source – Bolton Council